New UK border rules

From 15 February, the rules for self-isolating, quarantining and testing are changing:

You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK. Travel on P&O Ferries for anyone who has been in or through a country on the banned travel 'red list' will not be permitted.

France and the Netherlands are not on the banned list and we are continuing to run our passenger services for all essential travel reasons but you'll need to:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • provide proof of a negative coronavirus test (PCR taken in the 72 hours prior to travel)
  • On arrival you will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and book a mandatory 2 COVID-19 test package via the portal. All international arrivals must book a travel test package – this costs £210. You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

    Use the booking portal to book your travel test package (this is administered by CTM)

    If you’re experiencing any difficulty booking through the booking portal, please phone +44 (0)1274 726424.

Find out more about what you’ll need to do before you leave for the UK because of coronavirus.

Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.

You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.

Travel between Larne and Cairnryan and Liverpool and Dublin

Travel between the UK and Ireland and between Northern Ireland and is part of the the Common Travel Area and if you have not left the Common Travel Area for the past 10 days, you do not need a test before leaving or to home quarantine and take tests after arriving. 

Our phone lines are currently very busy

Due to the recent UK and EU government announcements regarding changes to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently dealing with an unprecedented number of calls to our contact centre team.

We kindly ask that in order to gain answers to your travel queries quicker, please first consider using our Help Centre above to find the latest travel requirements, entry rules and testing information needed prior to your departure.

If you wish to speak to an advisor regarding your booking, any amendments or cancellations you can contact us via the methods below. If your query relates to travel in more than 7 days time, please try contacting us again closer to your travel date. We’re working hard to assist those with immediate travel requirements. We thank you for your co-operation and patience at this busy time.


If you do prefer to contact us in writing, our postal adress is:

P&O Ferries
Channel House
Channel View Road
CT17 9TJ


Please send any questions or comments to: or submit an enquiry.


Contact our call centre on 01304 44 88 88 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.

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